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A next.js page transition component that allows you to morph individual elements from one page to another, identified by their element id attribute.
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Next.js Page Transitions with Element Morphing

This is a fork of the original work done here and adds new functionality to morph pages at an element-level.


You can see a basic demo of this library in action here:

The demo is hosted on now.js. Start-up times on the now.js containers can take a long time if they haven't been used for a while. Just click the link and be patient :)


npm i nextjs-morph-page --save


Make sure that your app has a custom App component; if not, follow the example on the Next.js readme to create one. Then, in your App's render method, wrap the page Component in a MorphTransition component.

import App, { Container } from 'next/app'
import React from 'react'
import MorphTransition from 'nextjs-morph-page'

export default class MyApp extends App {
  static async getInitialProps({ Component, router, ctx }) {
    let pageProps = {}

    if (Component.getInitialProps) {
      pageProps = await Component.getInitialProps(ctx)

    return { pageProps }

  render() {
    const { Component, pageProps } = this.props;
    return (
        <MorphTransition timeout={300} classNames="morph">
          <Component {...pageProps} />
        <style jsx global>{`
          .morph.enter {
            opacity: 0;
            opacity: 1;
            transition: opacity 300ms;
          .morph.exit {
            opacity: 1;
            opacity: 0;
            transition: opacity 300ms;

Whole-Page Based Transitions

When you move to a new page, the Component will change, and the MorphTransition component will detect that. Instead of immediately unmounting the page, it will apply the morph.exit class to a wrapper around the page to initialize the "exit" transition, and will then apply the class as well to begin the transition. This is very similar to how the react-transition-group library does things things. After the previous page has been animated out, the new page is mounted and a similar pair of .morph.enter and classes will be applied. This process repeats every time a new page is navigated to.

Element-Based Transitions

As you move from one page to another the individual elements on the page can also be "morphed" from the source / current page to the target / destination page. To indicate an element to be morphed you must provide the element with an id that is the SAME ON BOTH PAGES as well as a data-morph-ms attribute indicating the number of milliseconds the element's morph should take.

There is a new experimental way to set the target of a morph operation from the source element, via the data-morph-target attribute. This attribute takes a CSS selector that is compatible with document.querySelector() and attempts to find the target to morph to using that selector. Make sure the selector only returns a single element as only the first matching element will be used as a target. e.g. <div class="foo" bar="true">...</div> can be targeted by '.foo[bar="true"]'

The data-morph-ms attribute only needs to exist on the source page. If you want transitions to occur on that element when the user navigates back from page 2 to page 1, as well as from page 1 to page 2, put a data-morph-ms on the element on page 2 as well as page 1.


Page 1

<img src="image1.jpg" id="test1" data-morph-ms="300" />

Page 2

<img src="image2.jpg" id="test1" data-morph-ms="300" />

Any css applied to the page 2 element "test1" will be applied as the morph transitions.

VERY IMPORTANT: The plugin does not currently support having style attributes on an element. If you apply styles directly on an element via the style="" attribute they will be wiped out when a morph is applied. Use css selectors only.

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